Woody Seeks to Block Ex, Wife Testimony in Racy Trial
American Apparel wants to prove director's endorsement not worth $10M
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2009 8:16 AM CDT
In this April 22, 2009 file photo, director Woody Allen attends the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival opening premiere of 'Whatever Works' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York.   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)
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(Newser) – Woody Allen asked a judge yesterday to stop American Apparel from airing his dirty laundry in court, the AP reports. Allen, who is suing the clothing company for $10 million for using his image on billboards without permission, wants to block American Apparel’s summoning of ex Mia Farrow, his wife (and Farrow daughter) Soon-Yi Previn, and others. Putting them on the stand is a “brutish attempt to smear and intimidate” him, Allen said.

American Apparel’s lawyer said calling of these witnesses will prove that Allen's image is no longer worth the $10 million he's seeking. “After the various sex scandals that Woody Allen has been associated with, corporate America’s desire to have Woody Allen endorse their product is not what he may believe it is,” he said last month.